The Floral Artist
Floral artist Donna Stain wows guests of Hotel Arts Barcelona with her show-stopping arrangements and botanical wizardry. With a penchant for uncomplicated designs in beautiful vessels, Stain believes in letting nature speak, gloriously, for itself.
Trends to try: “Tall, leafy branches such as pine, spruce, magnolia, holly and bountiful boughs of berries in large glass vases or ceramic pots, alone or dotted with a few berry-red blooms such as roses, amaryllis or anthuriums. I love a ‘look-what-I-gathered-from-the-garden’ approach. Or draw attention to the wonders of nature by choosing one variety of flower or branch, and amassing that in a vase or series of vases grouped together with a few stems of the chosen flora. I call it the ‘power-in-numbers’ approach. Try bunches of eucalyptus, which have a heady scent and icy-cold-looking green leaves.”
Consider the vase: “My philosophy is all about the union of the flower, foliage and vase. Together they create a composition, and the space around them is their frame. In the past at Hotel Arts, I filled large green urns with fragrant cascading branches of pine. The glass captured the sunshine, and the stems inside were magnified under the water. It was simple in design but glowed green from top to bottom.”
A stress-free tablescape: “A quick, festive setting for the dining table, cocktail table or mantelpiece could be as simple as a family of recycled jam and honey jars with the labels washed off, in a line or grouped together and filled with fresh water, sprouting branches of pine, holly branches and ilex (winter berry) interspersed with other jars with candles inside.”